One of the perks of working at Apple is that you get discounts on certain Apple products. That certainly is the case with the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, the first wearable device ever developed by Apple.
As stated on a memo sent by Apple CEO Tim Cook just recently, the company will giving all its employees a discount of 50 percent on the entry level Apple Watch Sport and the midrange Apple Watch.
To avail of the discount, Apple employees must buy their Apple Watch for personal use. The discount will take effect as soon as preorders for the Apple smartwatch start on April 10th, and will be good for the first three months (90 days to be exact) after the Apple Watch is available.
It is not like Apple has not done something like this for its employees before. As a matter of fact, when the iPhone hit stores back in 2007, Apple even gave its smartphones for free to all its employees. Compared to this, the half price of the Apple Watch for Apple employees seem pale in comparison.
But still, a 50 percent discount is a lot. Especially when you consider that when the iPad was first launched, Apple employees did not even get any special privileges. And it is a small sacrifice for Apple either. By offering the Apple Watch at half price to its employees, it is basically giving a 50 percent discount to 92,600 people. Now compare that with 2007, which saw Apple employing only 21,600 workers.
Giving a 50 percent discount to its employees is truly a nice gesture for Apple. However, it can be considered strategic too. Of the 92,600 people currently employed by Apple now, almost half of them (46,200 to be exact) are people who work in Apple's retail stores. After all, one of the better ways to endorse a product is to have people actually wear and use them in their daily lives, which is what Apple is essentially doing with its first ever wearable device. As for the employees who do buy the Apple Watch, especially those working in the retail stores, it would easier for them to demo or sell the product because they use it themselves.
The Apple Watch officially hits stores everywhere on April 24th, and as mentioned earlier, starts accepting preorders on April 10th. The entry level Apple Watch Sports starts at $349, the midrange Apple Watch starts at $549, while the luxury Apple Watch Edition starts at $10,000 and upwards.
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